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PhD Position in Cloud Computing and Cloud Robotics 100% (4 years)

Research Assistant in Cloud Computing and Cloud Robotics with the anticipated option to conduct a cooperative doctorate over the course of 3 years

School: School of Engineering
Starting date: by appointment

Your role

The Distributed Systems (DSY) Group at ZHAW has field-proven expertise in cloud computing and robotics, demonstrated in several national and international projects and publications. 
Within the context of the NEPHELE EU project, the DSY group will be involved in the following research and innovation tasks: 

  • Orchestration and resource management in Cloud Computing and Edge contexts
  • Advanced cloud storage solutions for the Cloud Continuum 
  • Cloud Robotics applications and systems 
  • Multi-robot Search and Rescue 

Your tasks include:

  • Contributing to the research and development activities in the above fields
  • Collaboration to activities in R&D projects (Switzerland and EU)
  • Assistance to transfer of research results to enterprise contexts / SMEs
  • Advice to students in projects and BSc/MSc thesesPublication of results in journals and conferences 

The tasks of the project will be conducted within the framework of an existing Ph.D. programme at an associated and the co-supervision of Dr. Giovanni Toffetti at ZHAW.

Your profile

Applicants must have a Master's degree in computer science or a related field. The successful candidate has a strong theoretical knowledge and a passion for scientific work in the above mentioned fields and a good command as well as a passion for programming and writing.

Good communication skills in English are a prerequisite. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the academic, industry, and technology landscape, identify unsolved problems and propose novel ideas for future activities. Particular emphasis is given to developing prototypes, experimenting hands-on with systems, and scientific evaluation and documentation of results.

This is what we stand for

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 14'000 students and 3'400 faculty and staff.

As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering emphasizes topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 14 institutes and centers guarantee superior-quality education, research and development with an emphasis on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.

The Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT) in Winterthur has nationally and internationally recognized competencies in the areas of Human-Centered Computing, Intelligent Information Systems, Information Security, Distributed Systems, and Software Engineering. We research and develop innovative information technology, software systems, and services in cooperation with business and university partners.

In the research area of Distributed Systems, we address new concepts for modern applications built from distributed networked services and components. Besides the virtualization of resources, provisioning and operation of complex distributed applications, the focus is on applications that interact with the real world, particularly in the areas of robotics and logistics.

What you can expect

We offer working conditions and terms of employment commensurate with higher education institutions and actively promote personal development for staff in leadership and non-leadership positions. A detailed description of advantages and benefits can be found at Working at the ZHAW. The main points are listed below:


Prof. Dr. Thomas Michael Bohnert

Alice Joos
Recruiting Manager

ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Winterthur Region of Winterthur/Schaffhausen 8400